Irish singer ‘flattered’ by Velvet Revolver rumours
Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, Conalane interestingly did not issue an outright denial.
He commented: “I’m guessing you were pretty surprised when your ‘source’ informed you that I was to be the new Velvet Revolver singer. So was I! This rumour was certainly NOT started by me nor anyone within the Million $ Reload camp.
“I don’t regard your original story as nonsense. Since Duff [McKagan] remarked to an Irish newspaper that he had been keeping an eye on an Irish singer, but that he wasn’t too keen on disturbing the band he was in, the story has been going around – Ireland’s a small island, so not too many rock singers!
“Most of the stuff that has been written about us is true. Kerri Kelly [Slash’s Snakepit] is a buddy, we’ve played with Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke, and most of the other stuff that’s been said.
“But it is sad to hear that some people regard this story as a cynical publicity stunt by Million $ Reload. After all it is quite unsettling for the rest of the band to hear your singer could be leaving, with tours in Europe and the US planned for 2009.
“Although having said that, I have received hundreds of emails from all over the world this week, the US, Brazil, Australia etc, from VR fans giving me support. Some of the comments that fans have been posting on various forums are amazing . It’s all quite flattering, really.
“Who should be the next VR singer? That is a tricky one. Scott Weiland will be hard to replace… but not irreplaceable. It is a fantastic opportunity for whoever lands the job.
“There have been several names rumoured, apart from mine, over the past few months. Ultimately it’s a decision for VR. Maybe they will put the original GN’R line-up back together? Wouldn’t that be something!”
Hmm. That’s cleared that one up, then…